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‘Stories from the Watercooler’ John Matthias 2008 Counter Records (Ninja Tune) COUNTCD014

‘Cortical Songs’ John Matthias and Nick Ryan (Solo Violin, John Matthias) with remixes by Thom Yorke, Jem Finer, Simon Tong and others, Nonclassical Records, London 2008, Naxos USA 2009 NONCLSS004,

‘Three degrees Colder’ Film Soundtrack Corker/ Conboy feat. John Matthias (solo violin) with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra (Blue Eyes Music) March 2006 BE001

'Smalltown, Shining' John Matthias 2001 Accidental Records (Lifelike LL12)

E.Ps and Singles

‘Blind’ e.p John Matthias Counter/ Ninja Tune 5th April 2008 COUNTCD013

‘Man in a garage’ Coldcut (feat. John Matthias) single (Ninja Tune) Jan 2006 Ninja Tune, including remixes by Nick Franglen ‘Lemon Jelly’, Bonobo, Daedelus, ZEN21776 (also released as 12”, picture disc, mp3 bundle)

'John Matthias is the Insurance Man' John Matthias, November 2002 (12" ep) Accidental Records (Lifelike LL13) Including Matthew Herbert remix

‘All the time in the world’ John Matthias, August 2001, Accidental Records (Lifelike LL12)

'Fake Plastic Trees' Radiohead 1995 (all violins and viola parts) Parlophone –number 2 in UK singles charts. Parlophone CDRDJ6411

Tracks on albums

‘Stockwell Road’ John Matthias on ‘Strike’ (Counter Records Compilation) October 2009

also on ‘Various –Coldcut Select Ninja Tune Instrumentals’ NLSCD025 2009

‘Evermore’ John Matthias on ‘You don’t know’ Ninja Tune Compilation ZENCD150 Feb 2008

‘Vipers’ nest’ John Matthias ‘Various Untitled’ Spex Magazine Spex79 Germany

‘Man in a garage’ Coldcut (feat. John Matthias) from ‘Sound Mirrors’ (Ninja Tune) Jan 2006

Also on: The Sound Of Renaissance, Vol. 3: Ibiza (2xCD) Renaissance 2006
Sounds - Now! (CD, Comp, Promo) Man In A Garage Musikexpress 2006
Mulligan & O'Hare Present Folk Favourites (CDr, Promo, Comp)
Coldcut ‘Live at Shepherd’s Bush’ Tune Tribe 2006
‘Left Hook to the right’ Ninja Tune Canada 2006

‘Man in a Garage’ Coldcut (King Jammy Dub) on Ninja Tune XX 2010

‘Colours the Soul’ Coldcut from ‘Sound Mirrors’ (violin/ string arrangement) (Ninja tune) Jan 2006

‘You’re unknown to me’ Herbert, from 'Bodily Functions' July 2002 Studio K7! (Violin)

'Fake Plastic Trees' Radiohead The Bends 1995 (all violin and viola parts, John Matthias) Parlophone (number 2 in UK album charts, sold 3 million copies worldwide (voted number 22 in UK Channel 4 poll 2002 100 best albums of all time)
Also on ‘Radiohead: The Best of’, EMI (2008) Parlophone 7243 296262 5

‘(nice dream)’ Radiohead The Bends 1995 (all violin and viola parts) Parlophone
(number 2 in UK album charts, sold 3 million copies worldwide (voted number 22 in UK Channel 4 poll 2002 100 best albums of all time) Parlophone 7243 296262 5

‘Three Chord Trick' John Matthias, Uncut Magazine Gatefold CD (Europe) March 2002

'All the time in the world' John Matthias, from ‘Disco Pogo for Punks in Pumps’ Jockey Slut Magazine Gatefold CD (Europe) December 2003

‘All the time in the World’ John Matthias on ‘You Are Here’ Accidental Records Compilation 2003

Other works

‘Black Horse Drove’ written by John Matthias (Imagem/ Boosey and Hawkes)

Commissioned by London SInfonietta for ‘Sinfonietta shorts’ 2010, premiered by London Sinfonietta, Kings Place, London December 2010.

Film Scores

‘Pelican Blood’ (Feature Film) Directed by Karl Golden, soundtrack includes ‘Blind Lead the Blind’ and ‘Spinnaker’ by John Matthias. Premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010

‘Out of Time’ (Straight 8 film) Directed by Duncan Wellaway, Music by Adrian Corker and John Matthias –premiered at Cannes International Film Festival 2009, also shown at ‘Rushes Soho Shorts’ Curzon Cinema, London 2009

'The Hamburg Cell' Inner Circle Pictures August 2004 (Dir. Antonia Bird) Premiered at Edinburgh International Film festival 2004 (Co-composer/Performer/Orchestrator) with Adrian Corker and Paul Conboy (Shortlisted for an International EMMY 2005)

‘Three degrees Colder’ (Dir. Florian Hoffmeister) Corker/Conboy June 2005 Premiered at Locarno International Film Festival (Winner of Silver Leopard Medal) John Matthias (improvised solo violin) with the Nuremberg symphony orchestra

‘Stuck’ Dir. Harmony Korine –Music by John Matthias and David Prior (TV Advertisement) 2007-2008


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John Matthias is a musician, composer and physicist. In 2008, he won the PRS Foundation New Music Award (the musical equivalent of ‘The Turner Prize’) for the development of a huge sonic installation entitled The Fragmented Orchestra (with Jane Grant and Nick Ryan), which also won an Honourary Mention at the Prix Ars Electronica 2009. He has released three albums, Smalltown, Shining (2001) on the Accidental label, Stories from the Watercooler (2008) on the Ninja Tune/ Counter label and Cortical Songs (2008) (with Nick Ryan), a work for string orchestra and solo violin which includes remixes by Thom Yorke, Simon Tong, Jem Finer and many others, on Gabriel Prokofiev’s Nonclassical record label, which was shortlisted for the Independent Music Awards (US) 2010. He has worked with many recording artists including Radiohead (The Bends), Matthew Herbert and Coldcut and performed extensively including at the Wordless Music Series in New York, The Pompidou Centre in Paris and at the Union Chapel in London. He has worked on the scores of several film projects including The Hamburg Cell (Dir. Antonia Bird), Three Degrees Colder (Dir. Florian Hoffmeister) and recently co-scored the straight 8 film ‘Out of Time’ (Dir. Duncan Wellaway) which was a winner at the Cannes International Film Festival 2009. He is the deputy director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research at the University of Plymouth, UK and is currently developing new instruments and compositional processes relating to sonic events and spiking neurons. These initiatives include orchestral composition, distributed systems and the development of a new Neuronal Music Technology and will form the basis of many new works and artistic collaborations.